The METRO Red Line is the first bus rapid transit (BRT) line in the Twin Cities region. BRT is an enhanced bus service that provides faster travel and higher reliability through frequent service, shoulder lane operation, off board fare collection, traffic signal priority and improved passenger information.
The METRO Red Line provides all-day service to major commercial and employment centers along Cedar Avenue as well as connections to local MVTA and Metro Transit service that provide transit access throughout western Dakota County and Hennepin County.
In addition to these service improvements, the shoulder lanes constructed for METRO Red Line operation facilitate faster operation of express bus service on Cedar Avenue, allowing buses to operate out of automobile traffic and mitigating roadway congestion for all users.
Cedar Avenue (CSAH 23/TH 77) is one of two crossings over the Minnesota River from western Dakota County to Hennepin County and will experience dramatic increases in congestion over current levels in the next 20 years. Traffic volumes along Cedar Avenue at the Cedar Avenue Bridge are expected to increase more than 20 percent over current volumes by 2030.